Closed Jin news agency’s editor Zehra Doğan jailed in Turkey’s Diyarbakır

Zehra Doğan, a painter and reporter was given a prison sentence of 2 years, 9 months, 22 days for painting the destruction caused by operations in Nusaybin.

Journalist and artist Zehra Doğan, who was an editor of now-closed pro-Kurdish Jin news agency (JINHA) was arrested on Monday as she was travelling from Diyarbakır to Mardin to visit her family, Turkish daily Birgün reported.

It was reported that Zehra Doğan was taken into custody due to an approved final verdict and she was taken to Diyarbakır Type E Closed Prison.

Doğan was previously arrested back in July 23, 2016 in reference to the government decrees under the state of emergency declared following the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016. She was accused of ‘membership to terrorist group’ and making ‘terror propaganda’ by basing on testimonies of ‘anonymous witnesses,’ and Doğan was jailed until December 9, 2016.

A court has sentenced Doğan on March 2, 2017 to 2 years and 9 months jail term because of the fact that she has shared some of her drawings from Mardin’s Nusaybin district in the social media and for reporting about Elif Akboğa’s, a 10-year-old child, notes.

Turkey is the leading jailer of journalists in the world. The Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) has documented that 264 journalists are now in jails as of May 27, most in pre-trial detention languishing in notorious Turkish prisons without even a conviction. Of those in Turkish prisons, 241 are arrested pending trial, only 23 journalists remain convicted and serving time in Turkish prisons. An outstanding detention warrants remain for 105 journalists who live in exile or remain at large in Turkey.

Detaining tens of thousands of people over alleged links to the movement, the government also closed down more than 180 media outlets after the coup attempt.

June 12, 2017

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